Wisconsin Dells, Wis., welcomes summer with its downtown Taste of The Dells on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Sample fare from area restaurants serving ethnic and American cuisine in the Restaurant Test, and find more culinary delights in the Food And Beer Tent with Wisconsin microbrews. Walk off the extra calories during an afternoon guided-prairie hike, an evening kayak tour or strolling the lavender fields in bloom.
The tasting event at Oak Street and Broadway runs 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and is free. Also enjoy a variety of live entertainment, corvettes on parade and a library book sale, along with browsing the many downtown shops.
In Bowman Park downtown, the Dells Country Historical Society will have its Bowman House Museum open, a 1904 prairie-style home on the National Register of Historic places with period furnishing and a variety of local history collections and exhibits.
See the full schedule of events and menu at www.wisdells.com.
Downtown Wisconsin Dells is 25 minutes north of the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast www.bestviewinwisconsin.com.
For events at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, you need a state park vehicle admission sticker. To avoid waiting in long lines, before you come purchase an admission sticker online from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks here. Allow a few days for it to arrive by mail. Call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.
June 9: Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park, 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the north shore Chateau by Baraboo’s Elite Catering. $11.50 per person for two pieces of fish, one piece of chicken and three side dishes. Dine under the oaks or inside if it’s raining. Purchase beverage and an ice cream cone for dessert from the from the Park’s North Shore Concessions. June 2–Sept. 1.
June 9 & 10: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore Chateau boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and registration is required. Tour kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. Register and reserve a kayak, call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected]. Learn more at www.devilslakewisconsin.com
June 9: Giese Girls’ Cabaret at the River Arts On Water Gallery, Prairie du Sac, 7:00 p.m. Jessica (Giese) Baetz and Lindsey (Giese) Juarez return to offer a music-theatre house concert. Expect tunes from popular shows such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Waitress, Side Show, Miss Saigon and more. Before serving as the River Arts Inc. executive director, Juarez was the lead singer for Holland America and Celebrity Cruises. She is also a singer for Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks, a show featuring Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash music that tours the Midwest. Baetz holds a master’s degree in music degree and enjoys performing an eclectic variety of music with has special interest in 20th-century compositions. No advance ticket sales for these casual, intimate house concerts, but donations are appreciated to benefit River Arts Inc. programming. More at www.riverartsinc.org
June 10: American Players Theatre opens for the season, June 10–Nov. 19, 2017. Professional theatre in a natural, outdoor amphitheatre in 110 acres of woods and meadows amid Wisconsin’s driftless region with picnicking before the shows encouraged. From the Inn at Wawanissee Point, enjoy a beautiful, 50-minute (38-mile) drive along the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, Scenic Byway 60. americanplayers.org
June 10: A Hike Back In Time With Ken Lange at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot, five minutes west of the Inn. Join retired Park naturalist, author and Baraboo Range geology expert Ken Lange for a 3.5-mile geology hike through the Park. After orientation hike onto the end moraine of the Wisconsin glacier and talk about rocks transported by the glacier. Follow the trail onto the top of the south end of the east bluff to see rocks transported by glaciers, potholes, Devil’s Doorway, an Indian marker tree, a 200-year-old red cedar, a quartzite glade and pygmy forest unique to Wisconsin. Some sections of the trail are steep. Wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water.
June 10: Opening Day At Rowley Creek Lavender Farm, Baraboo, 10 minutes northeast of the Inn on the edge of the Lower Narrows, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of the lavender season strolling the fields, sampling delicious lavender treats, purchasing lavender products and meeting the farmers. More details at rowleycreekfarm.com or call 608-844-9635. The farm and farm stand are open when the field is in bloom June–August, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., during events and by appointment.
June 10: Guided Prairie Tour At The International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Walk among prairie smoke, 6-foot-tall compass plants, swaying big bluestem and other native species in the Foundation’s 120 acres of restored prairie, wetlands and oak savanna, and rare remnants of tall-grass prairie. Details in our blog article www.innatwawanisseepoint.com/blog. The Foundation is open daily 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. through Oct. 31, 2017, 20 minutes north of the Inn. Learn more at www.savingcranes.org.
June 10: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. A guided paddle of Devil’s Lake to explore for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore Chateau boat launch, five minutes west of the Inn. Space is limited and registration is required. Tour kayak rental $25 single, $45 double. Register and reserve a kayak, call the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected].
June 11: Circus Of Chefs: The Gala 2017, 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., at Circus World Museum. Featuring more than 30 exceptional chefs, vintners and brewmasters from the finest restaurants between Madison and Wisconsin Dells. Tastings, a gargantuan array of silent auction items, chef awards and more amid live music for a festive and lovely evening that culminates with a circus show by Circus World’s galaxy of outstanding professional circus stars. An annual event benefitting the Museum and its 132 years of preserving Baraboo’s Ringling circus heritage. Tickets start at $125 each, most of which is tax deductible. Park on Lynn St. adjacent the Parkinson Research Library at CWM. Call 608-356-8341 to reserve your tickets. Details at www.circusworldbaraboo.org